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Lyceum Fellowship wins 2015 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement

March 2, 2015

2015 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement
Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

For nearly 30 years, the Lyceum Fellowship has provided meaningful design, travel, and educational opportunities for architecture students, encouraging their participation in architectural culture and building professional skills and networks among generations of architects. Through its distinctive framework of design competition, jury process, and travel grants to prize recipients, the Lyceum Fellowship engages architects, allied professionals, and schools of architecture in a dialog about design and education and fosters a collective mentorship of the next generation of leaders.

Jon McKee, AIA, founded the Lyceum in 1985 and named it after Aristotle’s peripatetic teaching method. McKee had a long history of mentoring emerging architects by inviting them to travel with him, and he envisioned the creation of a program that would provide formal travel opportunities before students graduated. In the years since its founding, the Lyceum has awarded more than $423,000 in prize money to 84 students; more than 100 students have been recognized with merit or citation awards. The travel grants are targeted for use during the students’ years of academic study, thereby directly informing their professional education. The jury process, exchange of ideas, and students’ travel experiences are shared through the Lyceum web site, blogs, journals, sketches, photography, and videos.

Over the years, the Lyceum Fellowship has drawn many noted architects (including three AIA Gold Medalists), allied designers, writers, and educators to participate as program authors and jurors, creating an exceptional network linked in design collegiality and educational purpose. The competition programs have spanned the continent and the globe, challenging students to think broadly about design issues and their environmental and social impact.

The Lyceum Fellowship embraces the concept of a design community. It engages students, educators, architects, and allied professionals in the shared purpose of creative thought and dialog. It expands the boundaries of architecture education—outside of the classroom, across other disciplines, and across the globe—and its contributions are both inspiring and enduring.

Follow this link to the AIA website for more information: